November 5, 2013

Tried it Tuesday - Pumpkin Soup

In the spirit of togetherness, our social committee at school organizes what we call "Grazing Day" about once a month. Everyone signs up to bring something related to the theme, which changes each month. It's the one day each month you can pretty much guarantee everyone will eat in the lounge, which really promotes a sense of belonging for our staff.

For October, our theme was Soup & Chili, and it was the perfect lunch on a cool, autumn day. Crock pots lined the back wall of our staff lounge, and the heavenly aromas wafted through the hallways. Sixth grade has latest lunch period, and I'm telling you it felt like torture to wait all day... but it was so worth it!!

My favorite soup was a pumpkin-apple soup, which I made on Sunday for my family to test their reactions. We've decided to add it to our Thanksgiving menu, and I'm thrilled to have another yummy pumpkin recipe to add to my repertoire!

The recipe comes from the October 2013 Food Network Magazine, which featured 10 Things to Make with Canned Pumpkin:

1. Simmer one 15-ounce can of pumpkin, 2 cups of chicken broth, 1/2 cup of cream, and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, whisking for about 5 minutes.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
3. Cook 1 cubed apple (I did about 3) in butter until soft. 
4. Top the soup with apple and crumbled cooked bacon (optional).

I'm not a huge bacon fan (I know... I know... don't shoot me!), so I eat this without, and it is delicious! I also went ahead a dumped the apples right in the soup and they held up nicely. I used some green and yellow apples we got from a friend's tree, which added some extra sweetness. I think the red apples, which were used in the original recipe, almost tasted like potatoes in the soup. 

The soup will be a creamy texture with just the perfect ratio of sweet and savory. I served it with some fresh multigrain bread from the bakery, which was delicious.  


  1. I love the idea of your Grazing Day. We did something similar at my old school and it was always one of my favorite days. So many yummy things to graze on and we actually got to see peoples' faces that didn't normally eat in the lounge!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Pumpkin Soup is my all time favourite soup in the whole wide world!!! I've never tried it with apple or bacon in it though. Sooooo yummy!! I might just give this recipe a go - Thanks!!

    The E-Z Class

  3. I love the "grazing day" idea!! We have lunches every couple months for a inservice day or something and it is always a good time. Thanks for sharing!
    Fourth Grade Flipper